Archive for April, 2009

Planet Comicon Wrap-up

Whew… another great con. “We’ll never forget this one.” That’s what I said many times this weekend. Matt, Laura, and I drove up in the rain Saturday morning, despite the predictions that KC was in for a snowstorm later that day. We got setup, and things were pretty slow for the first hour. But after that we were plenty busy talking to people, selling books and prints, giving away bookmarks, and doing sketches for everyone who bought something. Everyone was worried about the turnout, but the con was pretty full most of the day, even as the snow started to fall outside.

We were lucky enough to get to sit by Matt Hawkins and Kyle Strahm, two local comics guys I knew from the Comic Creators Network. Below you can see Matt and me.

Matt was there selling a new book collection of paper toys that he and others designed called Urban Paper. You should give it a look. Check out the awesomeness below (the close-up shows the one he designed)!

Kyle Strahm was cool enough to do a Rebuker sketch for me in his style. Definitely the freakiest version of any of my characters anyone has done. I love it!

The snow starting falling really hard. Apparently even Cobra Commander had to call and get a ride…

The craziest part of the trip for us was leaving the con and trying to find a gas station, some food, and our hotel. Even though we were on a main road, the snow was still piled up about 6-8 inches. We eventually got to our hotel, only to be thwarted by the tiny hill of the parking lot. Much pushing and shoveling ensued, and we were rescued by a well-timed snowplow. We collapsed and dried out in our hotel room, and Matt and I finished up some sketches that people were coming back for the next day.
Sunday was warmer and sunny… the roads were no problem. We arrived back at the con well rested, only to find it was even busier! This was weird since usually Sunday is dead compared to Saturday. A very good kind of weird.

I think our favorite part of the whole con was meeting so many of you there. The response to our books was really great… everyone seemed to find something that appealed to them. Here’s some of the awesome people who bought our stuff…

This lady teaches teaches middle school Social Studies, and her favorite character is Wonder Woman. So of course she requested a sketch of Wonder Woman teaching Social Studies. I think she liked it.

And hey, even Ash likes our books! How cool is that?

Here’s a closer of view of some sketches I did…

So, once again this was a great con. We sold way more books than we had at any other event. We took 300 bookmarks with us and came back with none. This will definitely be a yearly tradition for us.

If you were there and stopped by… we really appreciate your support and encouragement. And we hope you stick around!

P.S. A few of you never came back for your requested sketch. If you can email me your name and what you requested, I’ll snail mail those to you.

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The future…

Supervillain sketches

OK, so you’ve read through the archive and noticed that the current page has been up for awhile now, and you might be wondering… what’s next?  Is this story ever going to continue?

The answer is yes!  Several more pages for this story have already been drawn and are just needing to have the grays and lettering added.  “Convention Blues” will end up being about 28-30 pages in length (and we are already writing the stories after that).  However, I don’t want to start posting new pages until I have a sufficient buffer of completed pages to insure that I stay on time.  That should be by June at the latest.

In the meantime, on the Sketches page you can get a little preview of  a bunch of characters that will pop up in the rest of story.  That is one of the most enjoyable parts of this story… creating all of the crazy supervillains for the convention.  A few of them are even inspired by cheesy characters Elton and I made up back in junior high.

I’ll also be posting new sketches and other content here, so stick around!


Music nerds unite!

I just finished adding something kind of fun to the Characters page.  You can now check out what each of the main characters are listening to these days.  Just click on the link in each character’s info and a pop-out music player will open that lets you hear their music for yourself.  Pretty nerdy thing to do, I know… but it was fun deciding just what kind of music they would each be into.  In fact, if you listen carefully you’ll find some hidden clues to their personalities in some of the lyrics.  Things we haven’t been able to show in the stories yet.

Let us know what you think.  And check back… their playlists are bound to change every once in a while.